JOHNSON CITY, Texas (KXAN) - The Government shutdown affected workers coast to coast, but it also affected some folks strolling around the Hill Country.
Bill Arbor and Elaine Lockhart had been been taking their morning walk for 30 years, but on Oct. 1 they were suddenly stopped in their tracks.
"Because the park was closed," said Arbor, long time resident of Johnson City, and regular at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. "It completely disrupted our daily routine of walking out on the settlement."
It took days to readjust, especially after making friends along the way all these years.
"Over the period, you become acquainted with the various groups of deer and squirrels," said Lockhart said.
With the shutdown now over, the park in Johnson City is once again open to visitors. It's welcome news for tourists who had trips planned to the area months ago.
"When we were young Lyndon B. Johnson was president so we wanted to look at it," said Dorothy Boettger, who was visiting from Germany.
David Schafer, who works with the national park service, said the park is operating full speed and full staff again.
"We're open for business 100 percent," Shafer said. "We'll have our regular visitors coming in and we do have some bus tours scheduled that will be resuming."
In the meantime, Bill and Elaine are just happy to be back on their regular walking route.
"Who would have thought that," Arbor said of the shutdown closing down their walking trails. "Apparently Washington has ways of impacting people in a local level whether they know it or not."
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